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Playgirl Killer (1967)

 -  Horror  -  26 July 1968 (Canada)
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A rich, lonely woman hires a drifter as a live-in handyman. The drifter turns out to be a psycho artist who has beautiful women model for him, then kills them.

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Driven by a heated passion. Haunted by an exotic and misty recurring nightmare. Obsessed with a beauty he can paint but not possess, a psychotic artist twists his inspiration into a deranged killing spree. At a country lake, the artist goes insane when his beautiful model will not keep still. In a maddened frenzy, he kills her with his spear gun. The murderous spree has begun. At a nearby mansion, the artist is hired as a handyman. But as his madness drives him further and further into his own nightmarish world, he lashes out again...and again...and again, creating a grotesque museum of victims in the walk-in freezer. But as the murderer prepares to kill his final victim a power failure occurs. His ghastly vision shatters into an even more terrifying reality. Playgirl Killer...paint it red for passion, red for rage, and red for his beautiful but bloodied victims. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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The first and last cinematographic role for the singer Neil Sedaka. See more »

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Bill: They... always... move!
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Referenced in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »

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If You Don't Want To
Performed by J.B. and the Playboys
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Not a great movie, but kinda fun
8 March 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I imagine this movie would have ticked off anybody drawn in by it's "erotic thriller"-looking cover and ridiculously inappropriate trailer. This is really a movie best enjoyed by fans of Hershel Gordon Lewis movies or early 60's movies Roger Corman movies like "A Bucket of Blood" and "Little Shop of Horrors". The movie is about a deranged artist, played by Lewis-regular Bill Kerwin, who is upset by his uncooperative bimbo models, so he does things like shooting them with spear guns and preserving them in his freezer. This movie is not nearly as gory as any of the movies Kerwin made with Lewis, and, despite the tease, there is no nudity aside from a lot of under-dressed Russ Meyer-esquire models. But there is some good comedy; however, it is the kind of comedy played perfectly straight. My favorite scene is when one buxom lass hires our hero to do "yard work" (which apparently involves folding some light-weight lawn chairs). She then lays out in a bikini and gets him to rub suntan oil on her body. He is disgusted by this though insisting that she hired him to do "lawn work" after all. It's hard to say what's more hilarious here--a beautiful girl hitting on a goofy-looking guy like Kerwin, or him disdainfully rejecting her.

Sixties songwriter Neil Sedaka also shows up at one point to present his latest trendy song, called "Waterbug", and he too has a close encounter with the perpetually in-heat bikini model. Otherwise though, his presence is completely superfluous. There's kind of Bluebeard-type theme towards the end involving a freezer full of murdered women, which actually anticipates (and maybe even influenced) the equally campy Richard Burton version of "Bluebeard" a few years later. This is the kind of the movie that gets called "misogynist" by the sort of people that insist on taking seriously, but why take it seriously? It's not a great movie, but it is kind of fun.


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